Times are changing. And while there are plenty of hybrid car options on the market these days, the choices for purely electric SUV-style vehicles are few and far between. “Jeopardy!” icon Ken Jennings joked about the limited options on Twitter recently.
With the current gas shortages in the Southeast, car manufacturers might see some value in accelerating the development of more all-electric, family-sized models. But right now, at least for Ken Jennings, the only viable alternative out there is the Audi E-Tron.
“I think it’s still the Tesla. I guess there’s the Audi E-Tron for Elon haters with money to burn,” the “Jeopardy!” legend wrote.
And he has a point. There are certainly plenty of Elon haters out there. But for many, their feelings about the Tesla CEO may not even factor into the decision. While you definitely need money to burn, the Audi E-Tron is simply more affordable than the Tesla Model X. The Tesla SUV-style car starts at around $80,000. Compare that to the $66,000 price point of the Audi, and it doesn’t matter if you’re an Elon hater or not. Money talks.
The price difference isn’t without reason, however. The Tesla Model X boasts a range of 100 more miles on a single charge than the Audi offering. And while other options do exist out there, the cost is a limiting factor for all of these first-generation vehicles. Ken Jennings mentioned that in his first reply.
“Love my Volt, but (a) you only get 40-60 miles before the backup gas engine kicks in, and (b) 3 kids is tight (and 3 boosters impossible). All the crossover-sized fully electrics are so expensive tho,” the “Jeopardy!” icon wrote.
‘Jeopardy!’ Ken Jennings’ Followers Chime In
In true Twitter fashion, Ken Jennings’ followers wasted no time offering their own advice on which car options might work.
“Mustang Mach-E just came out. I don’t know about getting three booster seats LATCH’d into the back though,” wrote one Twitter user.
It’s a good idea in theory, but the stigma of Mustang’s being a sports car might be a tough sell for a five-person family.
“I’ve got an order in on a VW ID.4. MSRP start s at $39k, before incentives. Not cheap, but not Audi or Tesla range, either,” wrote another person on Twitter.
The electric Volkswagen compact SUV offering is just now hitting the market and is a relatively affordable option for all of the Elon haters out there. But as mentioned in the tweet, it doesn’t quite match up to the Tesla specs.